Close associate of late runaway Russian tycoon Berezovsky dies in London

Michele Moreno
March 14, 2018

Glushkov, who was 68 when he died on Tuesday, rose to wealth in the 1990s as a lieutenant of Berezovsky, the oligarch who amassed enormous wealth and influence under the Boris Yeltsin's government but fled to Britain after falling out with Vladimir Putin.

Scotland Yard last night said the death of Mr Glushkov was being treated as unexplained and counter-terrorism officers were leading the investigation "as a precaution".

Berezovsky, a powerful oligarch and one-time supporter of Putin who turned against his former protege, was found hanged in a bathroom at his home outside London in 2013.

In an interview with The Guardian newspaper not long after Berezovsky's death, Glushkov said he believed he was also a target.

Counter-terrorism police are investigating an "unexplained" death of a man in his 60s found dead at a residential address in the London area, London police said Tuesday.

But police said there was no evidence to suggest a link to the March 4 poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The U.K. has said it was "highly likely" Russian Federation was behind the poisoning, which left the pair in critical condition. The manner of death was classified as "undetermined".

As a close associate of Berezovsky, Glushkov was linked to one of the most successful of Russia's oligarchs to emerge from the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 2011, he gave evidence at the court case brought by Berezovsky against his fellow oligarch Roman Abramovich, who remained on good terms with the Kremlin. The incident is in many ways reminiscent to the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, who was killed with polonium, a highly radioactive isotope, a little over a decade ago. An inquest failed to establish if he had committed suicide or died from foul play.

"You have the deaths of Boris and Badri over a short period of time". In 2013, Berezovsky was found dead in his home in the United Kingdom, apparently after committing suicide.

Glushkov had worked for various Berezovsky enterprises including the auto factory AvtoVAZ and flagship Russian airline Aeroflot. He added that the list of prominent Russians who opposed Putin was continuing to shrink: "I don't see anyone left on it apart from me". They were accused of embezzling from the enterprise, and in 2007, a Russian court ordered them to repay millions of dollars.

Glushkov received political asylum in Britain after serving five years in prison in Russian Federation for money laundering and fraud, the Guardian newspaper reported.

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